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I've been elk hunting for about 5 years now but have been using someone else's (my uncle) scoped rifle each year,  but he's using it this year.   So I got a new (to me anyway) rifle and was planning to get either a Bushnell 4200 or Nikon Monarch this month to put on it for our October hunt.    

Some extremely unexpected circumstances have sucked away those funds that I had earmarked for the scope.

However I need something but can only spend like $100 and won't be able to save up more before the hunt.    I've got a friend that has a good condition Bushnell Banner 4-12x....he offered to sell it to me for $40.

I just need something to last for sighting in on the rifle and the 5 day elk hunt so this seemed like maybe a good option.

Just wondering if these banner scopes hold zero with .30-06.....most of the reviews I'm seeing are with people putting them on rimfires.

   Before next season I'll be able to get the funds saved up and buy one of the two scopes I had originally shortlisted.
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It could hold fine but youd sure be kicking yourself if you missed an elk on that hunt because of a faulty scope.   The lowes in the bushnell line i think i'd use would be the trophy.

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  SVT is spot on,luckeystrike.

  If all you can absolutely spend is $100 (MAYBE a tad more?) I'd suggest you go with a fixed power scope such as one of these (they're not in order of preference):

 
  If you can, locate other used ones in your price range and let us know what they are.  Maybe you'll come across something more dependable that we can advise you on. 
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If I had a $100.00 limit, I'd look for something used like this.
 
Life time warranty.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

If I had a $100.00 limit, I'd look for something used like this.
 
Life time warranty.
 
Foorgot about them Good find LT.
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     Thunbs Up  That'll work!!
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If there is only $100 I would spend it on ammo to make sure my iron sights were on target. Wink
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Hmmmm..just talked to my dad and he said one of his friends has a spare rifle I can use (late 80's Ruger M77) with an older Redfield 2-7x on it.

Kinda stinks to not be able to use the rifle I bought a couple months ago but if it means having better optics then the Tikka I bought can wait another year for it's first elk hunt.

Are the older Redfields decent scopes?   Better then a Banner I hope?
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 The older USA made Redfields were good optically and very dependable.  Equal to the old Leupold Vari-X II.  BEST OF LUCK on your hunt.  
 SHAME you can't afford to pick up one of these from SWFA before they're gone.  It would compliment that Tika very well.  This scope normally runs close to $300. 

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Stock # - VPRM02BDC
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  • 1"
Specifications
Weight (oz): 13


Dead-Hold BDC

Length (in): 11.3
Eye Relief (in): 4 - 3.7
Field of View @ 100yds (ft): 46.7 - 13.4
Exit Pupil (mm): --
MOA: 1/4
Lens Coating: XR Coating
Warranty: Unlimited Transferable Warrant
 

Vortex 2-7x32 Viper Rifle Scope

$169.95
   
 
  


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Well like i said I think I want either a 4200 or Monarch....my budget was (and will be) in the $400 to $500 range....it's just that I had a series of very unexpected events (some good, some bad) that all hit like a couple days apart last week and caused me to spend  the money I had set aside for the scope.   I'll be able to save up the money again but just not in the 3 or so weeks I've got before the hunt.


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Good luck on the hunt and I commend you on saving for what you really want.

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Dont go banner. I had one on my .30-06 and it didn't hold up. The banner is for 223 and under IMHO.
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Try the sample list. I picked up a sightron for 150. Its a 285 dollar scope. 2.5-10x40.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

Good luck on the hunt and I commend you on saving for what you really want.

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Originally posted by luckystrike luckystrike wrote:

Well like i said I think I want either a 4200 or Monarch....my budget was (and will be) in the $400 to $500 range....it's just that I had a series of very unexpected events (some good, some bad) that all hit like a couple days apart last week and caused me to spend  the money I had set aside for the scope.   I'll be able to save up the money again but just not in the 3 or so weeks I've got before the hunt.


There is a heck of a deal on a used Monarch for sale in the members trading post.  4x16 with side focus, mounted but never shot with, 300.00 includes shipping.
 


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crap....super bad timing or I definitely would have bought it
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 A friend of mine has a banner on a Marlin xl7 in 30 06 and it has held up for 3 years now. I would never buy one but he has had a lot of success with his.  it kinda ticks me off that he kills pigs just as dead as my higher end gear does. I usually spend 3 to 5 hundred on optics and he has only gone over 150 bucks once.
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Originally posted by saitotiktmdog saitotiktmdog wrote:

Dont go banner. I had one on my .30-06 and it didn't hold up. The banner is for 223 and under IMHO.
 
Junk - cold weather seems to have a bad affect on those banners - 1 shot out of my sons 300wby in the cold, he could not see out of the scope, thats happened with the first on & the second they sent as a replacement which took a few shots, something shifts and its not the reticle that goes out.
 
Now if you are budget shopping "tight budget" Walmart has those 4-12x40 Bushnell's - "Don't LAUGH" its been on the older boys 300wby for 3 - 4 seasons w/o puking its guts under any condition. Sportsmen I think its called.
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Longarm Longarm wrote:

 A friend of mine has a banner on a Marlin xl7 in 30 06 and it has held up for 3 years now. I would never buy one but he has had a lot of success with his.  it kinda ticks me off that he kills pigs just as dead as my higher end gear does. I usually spend 3 to 5 hundred on optics and he has only gone over 150 bucks once.
 
but when his dies un-expectedly or he misses because of a scope issue then he will kick himself and you can take the trophy!
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Lucky,have you looked at the zeiss conquest 3-9x40?A better scope than either of the two your saving to get.Best bang for the buck hunting scope on the planet!
 
For now good luck on your hunt,keep us informed!
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Lucky have you looked at the Pentax pioneers that are on closeout for $109. They are apparently a rebadged burris fullfield sold under the Pentax brand. I have one of the 4.5x14's on my 223 and I just ordered one of the 3-9x40's to put on my 308 savage. I am pretty happy with the fit,finish and optical quality of these scopes and the fullfields are known to be pretty reliable. In the $100 price range these are a pretty attractive option imho.
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Looks like you got it figured out for now.  If I only had $100 to spend on a scope, I would look at some auction sites for a Bushnell Legend.
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Pentax pioneer would be good.
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You just never know about those cheapie scopes.

I have a Bushnell Sportview 4x purchased used in '79 that's been on a .308, a Mauser, a Mini- 14 and has been busting squirrels on a .22 for about 25 years. It's beat and skint up, but still works.

I doubt if it would still be functioning if it had been a variable.
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I purchased a used Remington 700 Sportster in 30.06 and it has a Bushnell Banner 3x9 on it.  My goal is either to replace the scope or maybe get a second rifle in 308 or 300 WM with a much nicer scope.
 
 I have shot maybe 130 rounds through it and who knows how many the previous owner(s) had.
 
I hope my Banner holds out for the hunt.  The weather will be cold and elevations around 9-11,000 feet.  It just has to last two more weeks.    : )
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